Odisha steps up Battle against Cybercrime

To step up its battle against cybercrime in the state, the Odisha government has made a pact with the National Police Academy (NPA) in Hyderabad, in a bid to train the officers in acquiring superior skills. Additionally, a new cybercrime complex equipped with advanced technologies has been inaugurated at Keshari Nagar, Bhubaneswar.

The new facility will help in improving the investigations in the field of cybercrime. The three-story building houses the cybercrime police station of CID-CB, cybercrime prevention against women and children unit, and a lab-cum-training centre. Advanced software like C5 CDR analyser, hard disk imaging tool – Logicube, Forensic Toolkit, mobile forensic analyser, and DVR analyser has been equipped in the lab.

Three officers from the NPA’s national digital crime resource and training centre (NDCRTC) have already begun the first phase of training for 25 police officers at the newly built complex. “We have set up cybercrime prevention against women and children-cum-training laboratory at the Cyber Complex. The lab is equipped with modern tools to understand and investigate cyber offences. Investigators and judicial officers will undergo training at regular intervals. A social media analysis cell will soon function from the Complex”, said Abhay, Director General of Police, and former director of the NPA.

Currently, the entire division will come under the Bhubaneswar cyber crime police station’s jurisdiction. The state’s first cyber police station in Cuttack has now been shifted to the newly built Cyber Complex. A cyber cell will continue to function at the Crime Branch office in Cuttack to receive complaints from people. Cyber police stations are also situated at Rourkela, Sambalpur, and Berhampur.

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